Yes. Washington is what’s called an “at will” state. Employers may hire and fire “at will.” There are no laws regarding termination, so employers are not required to give warnings or follow any particular steps. If you want or need to know the reason for discharge, you may send a written request asking the employer for a signed written statement of the reason for your discharge and the effective date. Employers are required to respond to the request in writing within 10 days. You also have the option of seeking civil recourse through a private attorney for wrongful termination. If you think you were fired as a result of unlawful discrimination, you may wish to consult with the Human Rights Commission. Here are some tollfree phone numbers to the HRC: OlympiaWestern Washington: 18002333247
Seattle/Western Washington: 18006057324
Yakima/Eastern Washington: 18006622755 Another option, if you allege discrimination based on a violation of federal civilrights laws, is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For a tollfree connection to the nearest EEOC office, call 18006694000.
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